US officials reportedly kept in dark about Trump-Putin meetings
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There are no detailed records of Trump’s face-to-face meetings with Putin as the US president concealed any details, according to a report published on Saturday by The Washington Post.
In one of the meetings, Trump himself took notes and directed a linguist not to discuss the details with the administration officials.
Trump’s former secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, has acknowledged that he “was present for the entirety of the two presidents’ official bilateral meeting in Hamburg,” yet he has declined to discuss the details.
At a press conference last year following a summit in the Finnish capital Helsinki, Trump backed the Russian leader’s denial of alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election despite the American intelligence community’s assessment.
Trump’s performance kicked off a hailstorm of criticism against him, forcing the president to deny his comment about alleged Russian meddling later and cancel a scheduled meeting with Putin.
Ever since Trump was inaugurated in January 2017, the US intelligence community has overwhelmingly maintained that Moscow sought to meddle in the 2016 election.
The Trump campaign is also accused of collusion with the Kremlin to find damaging information on his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.
Russia has denied meddling in the election as well as being in possession of any damaging information on the US president.